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Baby Names: Differences in name choice older mothers and younger mothers

The long running trend of older mothers giving their babies more traditional names, and younger mothers giving more modern and shortened versions of traditional names continued.

In 2021, half of the top 10 boys’ names for mothers aged under 25 years were shortened versions of traditional names. On the other hand, of the top 10 baby names for mothers aged 35 years and over, only one was a shortened name.

Elijah and Arlo only appeared in the top 10 boys’ names for mothers aged under 25 years.

More traditional names such as Alexander and Thomas only featured in the top 10 boys’ names for mothers aged over 35 years (Figure 2b).

Similarly, Willow, Isabella, Harper, and Delilah were girls’ names only seen in the top 10 for mothers aged under 25, whereas baby names such as Charlotte, Grace, Sophie, and Sophia were more likely for mothers aged over 35 years and over (Figure 2a).


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